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Chesapeake & Ohio Lexington, VA. Branch

Stock #: KB11140
Author: Alfred C. Mierzejewski
Publisher: Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society
Pages: 96

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C&O inherited the 21 mile branch line from Balcony Falls (Glasgow) to Lexington, WV. when the Richmond & Alleghany Railroad was merged in 1890. The branch had been built by the R&A when it took over the James River & Kanawha Canal and the North River Navigation properties. The Lexington Branch was one of only a handful of C&O branches that was not dedicated to coal.  Its base was argicultural products., general merchandise, and students traveling to and from Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute.  It retained its rural character and steady delined in value to the C&O. It was ultimately abandoned after severe damage by hurricanes and floods.  It is a good example of a rural line operating amid the changing times of the early to mid-20th Century. Soft cover.

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